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Pat Purcell Papers

Carlow 1891 "small and early".

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

From the Thorpe scrapbook in the PPP.

Carlow 1891 "small and early".

The "small and early" given by Mrs Bagenal and Mrs J. O. Adair at Bennekerry on Friday developed into a large and late . Over a hundred guests responded and I hear of six o'clock as an hour at which not a few reached their virtuous couches .

Bennekerry, which is particularly well suited to festivities of the kind, was prettily illuminated, house and gardens, with Japanese lanterns.

Mrs Bagenal wore a white silk dress, and Mrs Adair appeared a pale blue silk. Amongst the many were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kavanagh (she looking particularly well in blue and gold brocade); Mrs Browne-Clayton, who brought not only a bevy of girls, but a bundle of young men; Lady Butler, with her sons and daughters; Mrs Bruen, with three daughters and two sons; Colonel and Mrs. Fortescue Tynte and Miss Rochfort, Colonel and Mrs. Howard-Brooke, Captain Hall and Mr Hooper.

The last three (sic) gentlemen came over from Wicklow, where they are under canvas. Mrs. J. Westropp Dawson wore a beautiful white satin, deified with pale green. Much disappointment was felt at the non-appearance of the bride, Mrs Pack-Beresford, who is suffering from a chill. Mrs Hall-Dare, looking less like a grandmother than ever, danced the Kitchen-Lancers with her son-in-law, being well supported by her daughter, in white.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

Transcribed by Jean Casey, January 2010.

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